Pablo Picasso, ‘Nusch Eluard’, ca. 1950, Tanya Baxter Contemporary

image size 70.5 x 57.6 cm, sheet size 90 x 66.5 cm.

Series: Print after an oil painting from 1938. Nusch was a significant figure in the surrealist movement and married Paul Eluard in 1934. She is the subject of "Facile," a collection of Eluard's poetry published as a photogravure book, illustrated with Man Ray's nude photographs of her.

Signature: Signed lower right in blue crayon by Picasso.

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France